Owain Park was born in Bristol in 1993. His compositions are published by Novello, and have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Tallis Scholars and the Aurora Orchestra.
While at Cambridge University he studied orchestration with John Rutter, before undertaking a Masters degree in composition. As a conductor, he maintains a busy schedule of projects with ensembles including the BBC Singers, the Academy of Ancient Music, Cappella Cracoviensis, and Cambridge Chorale.
His own vocal consort, The Gesualdo Six, tour extensively around the world and have been lauded for their interpretation of renaissance and contemporary music. Owain is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), and was awarded the Dixon Prize for improvisation, having been Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge. He was a Tenebrae Associate Artist for two seasons, and has worked with ensembles including The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort, and Polyphony.
Critical AcclaimOwain Park is no mere one-minute wonder but a composer who is going to make a very distinct mark on the British choral tradition. — Marc Rochester, Gramophone (Dec 2018)
Recent works include a piece for Voces8 and Rachel Podger (Antiphon for the Angels, 2018), and a set of six songs for SATB and piano for Louth Choral Society (Sing to me, winchimes, 2018). The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge included The Wings of the Wind (2015) in their tour programmes to the United States, Australia and Hong Kong, and his chamber opera The Snow Child (2016) was performed over five nights at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2017 Tenebrae Choir directed by Nigel Short premièred and toured his new choral work Footsteps. His compositions have won awards from organisations including the National Centre for Early Music (Sweet Day, 2010) and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radios 3 and 4, Classic FM, and internationally.
Owain was a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol, before joining the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. He was assistant conductor of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir before founding his own ensemble, The Gesualdo Six, who recently released their first album on Hyperion Records, English Motets, to critical acclaim. As well as directing The Gesualdo Six he maintains a busy schedule of conducting projects, working with ensembles including Cappella Cracoviensis, Cambridge Chorale and the BBC Singers. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), and was awarded the Dixon Prize for improvisation, having been Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge.